Ald. Scott Waguespack is not screwing around this time–he wants formal hearings on the city’s red-light cameras. At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Waguespack filed a resolution with 19 co-sponsors demanding hearings on Chicago’s beleaguered red-light camera program.
Over the past few years, UK towns and cities have been introducing more and more 20mph zones in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents and injuries on British roads. It doesn’t appear to be working, however, as the number of serious accidents in the UK’s 20mph zones has increased by a massive 26 per cent over the last year. Furthermore, slight accidents have increased by 17 percent.
Two years after the Pennsylvania legislature allowed red-light camera systems to expand beyond Philadelphia, Abington is the only suburb to install one. The 11 other towns in Southeastern Pennsylvania large enough to qualify for red-light cameras have either ignored or rejected the idea.
States are allotting a growing share of the funds they raise from gas taxes to debt service and spending unrelated to roads and bridges, making them more reliant on federal assistance to pay for new infrastructure.
If you or someone you know has skipped a court appearance, it’s possible a judge can add an additional fine to your name. Friday, August 1, 2014, a new law goes into effect that will raise the fine on even the smallest offenses, like speeding tickets.
Winnipeg police said on Wednesday an administrative error led to 2,574 tickets being issued to speeders in a construction zone with the wrong charge listed. The tickets were speeding citations issued between June 27 and July 1. The tickets should have read they were for speeding in a designated construction zone.
It’s a transportation trust fund financed by a gasoline tax with the needle on empty because elected officials haven’t been willing to raise the gas tax or come up with long-term alternative means of paying for badly needed highway repairs. A New Jersey spokesman for the National Motorists Association, Steve Carrellas, said, the gasoline tax is the most efficient and appropriate means, so long as the money isn’t diverted to mass transit or other programs.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is scrambling to contain a furor over the city’s red-light camera system, which may have ticketed thousands of motorists under questionable circumstances. Prompted by a Chicago Tribune investigation that revealed unexplained spikes in tickets issued, eight aldermen have asked the city’s top watchdog to launch a probe into the ticket surge and private attorneys are gathering information for a possible class-action lawsuit.